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I very likely will do that, but the choices at my local place are the entire Bauer line and one or two CCM boots, and RBK 6K. Maybe an Easton or two as wel, but almost completely Bauer. Ididn't really want to limit myself to the one line I actually have access to, though I can definitely see the upside to getting my skates where I'll be getting them sharpened and maintained (and where I'll be using them the most as well).

Maybe I need another place in Jersey with a better selection? Anyone in Jersey know a good place with a wide selection of skates? I onl want to do this once ;)

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S'ok, am getting them done. Unfortunately hockeymonkey doesn't ship to Oz. Getting the local skate shop to do them....apparently the blades are currently out of stock in Oz so whoever the shop's supplier is is taking the blades off skates.....I don't care where they get them as long as I have them by Friday night. Hopefully all should be good.

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anyone using a two piece composite? Wondering how it feels compared to a one piece. I like the fact that if you break the blade then you can usually just get a new one. Let me know your thoughts and possible combos! thanks

Maybe it's just me, but I've noticed two things:

1) two piece sticks are lighter

but..

2) you get harder/better shots with one piece sticks.

I've used two piece sticks for few years, but now I decided to change to one piece Warriors, because I can really see the difference in my shots, especially wrist shots are alot better. And for example, Warrior Dolomites are not that heavy, about 440 - 450 grams.

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Are the TPS just as strong as the OPS

Maybe it's just me, but I've noticed two things:

1) two piece sticks are lighter

but..

2) you get harder/better shots with one piece sticks.

I've used two piece sticks for few years, but now I decided to change to one piece Warriors, because I can really see the difference in my shots, especially wrist shots are alot better. And for example, Warrior Dolomites are not that heavy, about 440 - 450 grams.

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Are the TPS just as strong as the OPS

That's a tough question, I really don't know. I've had both snapped in half, but there's never really been any problems with tps blades, I've only managed to break the shaft so I guess it's pretty much the same.

Oh, and if you're going for tps, I would recommend to get the same brand shaft and blade.

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why is that if u dont mind me asking?

Well, I don't think it's that big of a deal anymore nowadays, but I remember some years ago I had an Easton shaft and a Koho blade and they just didn't work together. The blade didn't fit with the shaft, because it was a little too small.

Since then I've used alot of CCM blades/shafts and they've been working perfectly. But like I said, I don't think there's really that big differences with blades anymore ;)

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Just ordered myself a pair of 7k's , played the last two seasons in 4k's but needed a stiffer skate to get better perfomance.

Loved the Reebok skates ever since i tried them on, CCM's dont give me the ankle support and the Bauers toe cap always pinch my little toe, but thats because i have stupid feet.

Will let you know what the 7k's are like as soon as i get them which should be this week.

So what's the early verdict on the 7K's? :)

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Well, I don't think it's that big of a deal anymore nowadays, but I remember some years ago I had an Easton shaft and a Koho blade and they just didn't work together. The blade didn't fit with the shaft, because it was a little too small.

Since then I've used alot of CCM blades/shafts and they've been working perfectly. But like I said, I don't think there's really that big differences with blades anymore ;)

what are your thoughts on using a composite shaft and a wooden blade, same brand. Reason is im still trying to find a good curve and rather than buying composite blades I could use a wooden one. I'm just wondering how long it'd last for ice hockey

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what are your thoughts on using a composite shaft and a wooden blade, same brand. Reason is im still trying to find a good curve and rather than buying composite blades I could use a wooden one. I'm just wondering how long it'd last for ice hockey

I used that setup for a while, i had a Easton Typhoon shaft with an easton wood blade.

I found that it softend recieving pucks onto the blade and had a really good puck feel, but i didnt seem to be able to shoot that well with it, but that could have been to do with the flex being way to low (70 flex and i'm 6ft 2 and 194lb).

The best thing to do would be to see if anyone with that setup will let you take a few shots and play a few shifts with their stick to get a feel. I was luck enough to have some guys on my team who let me try their gear to work out what blade pattern i wanted before i invested in my sticks.

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what are your thoughts on using a composite shaft and a wooden blade, same brand. Reason is im still trying to find a good curve and rather than buying composite blades I could use a wooden one. I'm just wondering how long it'd last for ice hockey

I think Chimaira explained it pretty well. I used to have that kinda setup as well and it shouldn't be a problem, but there's always the chance that the wooden blade with a composite shaft makes the balance of the stick "unsteady" (I'm not sure if that's the right word) if the blade is notable heavy compared to the shaft. You know what I mean?

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Just ordered myself a pair of 7k's , played the last two seasons in 4k's but needed a stiffer skate to get better perfomance.

Loved the Reebok skates ever since i tried them on, CCM's dont give me the ankle support and the Bauers toe cap always pinch my little toe, but thats because i have stupid feet.

Will let you know what the 7k's are like as soon as i get them which should be this week.

Actually finally getting around to getting my skates this Saturday at monkeySports in Woodbridge, NJ. How are those 7K's holding up? That's one of the pairs I'll be looking at.

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Actually finally getting around to getting my skates this Saturday at monkeySports in Woodbridge, NJ. How are those 7K's holding up? That's one of the pairs I'll be looking at.

Still look brand new, they are going to last. They are built very, very well.

The pump works really well.

My only issue is i keep cutting the circulation off to my right foot. But thats a personal issue in the fact the skates fit my left foot better than the right.

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Cool, they're my first choice for skate at the moment. My son wears 3K's (he's 9) and he wants me in reebok's as well. I'm going to check out the Supreme One60's and Vapor X:30's because they have them and they're in my price range too, but I'm leaning towards the Reeboks.

Have you thought about getting the right skate punched out a bit? that might fix that issue for you.

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Cool, they're my first choice for skate at the moment. My son wears 3K's (he's 9) and he wants me in reebok's as well. I'm going to check out the Supreme One60's and Vapor X:30's because they have them and they're in my price range too, but I'm leaning towards the Reeboks.

Have you thought about getting the right skate punched out a bit? that might fix that issue for you.

I tried the x:30 and the boot just wasn't stiff enough for me. would have loved to have tried a pair of one60's, may still give them a go now.

I considered getting them punched, but it may bo the depth of the skate which is the problem. should have done the pencil test!!!

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Pencil test? Please share!

Its to check the depth of the skate is ok.

Put on the skate as normal, dont lace it up, keep the tounge of the skate down, place a pencil horizontally across the top of the skate (above the eyelets) and move it from the toe of the skate all the way to the top eyelet.

I think the key area is around the ankle (where the lace lock is on Reebok skates). Make sure your foot is not touching the pencil at this point and there is a bit of clearance.

I will never forget to carry this test out ever again.

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I got the white 7K's, very nice skates. The One60's were nice, but not as comfortable as the Reeboks. I thought the staff at Monkey Sports was really nice and really helpful, but I didn't love the sharpening job from them (bake and sharpen came with). The Flyers Skatezone does a far better job with the sharpening.

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